WSET 3, TWP, Wine Manager @ Total Wine and More in Dallas. Passionate about learning, teaching, and all things funk.
First intro to Mikulski and I can see why people say he's got some of the best appellation level burg. Vineyards within the limits of Mersault, avg vine age of close to 30 years. Slightly oxidative nose, nutty, lemongrass and citrus. Palate has a perfect weight and balance, everything coming together especially as it warms. Slight cream, nice wine. — 11 days ago
This is good juice. Newish Moueix label - sister wine to Dominus. Cool funk on the palate not usually found in this part of Napa. Dense, extracted, but well rounded with tannins. I wouldn't touch for 5 years minimum. Good quality tho. — 14 days ago
Man, kind of disappointed in this bottle.. had high expectations but I guess I should hold judgment until it ages a bit. Syrah, Grenache, mataro, and viognier blend from barrossa/Eden valley. A bit light and one dimensional on day one, but day two it really showed its potential. Richer and more structured on day 2, with a nice balance of cool high toned fruit and dark fruit and earth, but still not enough going on to really "catch" my attention.
Still cool to try this iconic producer however.. hopefully I can get my hands on some of their nicer stuff in the future. — 14 days ago
Man, talk about a head-turner. One of the lone GC burgs under $100, this has 7 years on it and has evolved beautifully. It's in a great place - gorgeous nose of cinnamon, sous-bois, bing cherries, and flowers, supported by a hint of toasty oak. The palate is seductively smooth and in a great place. More rich cherries, dried cranberries, and a distinct stemminess (in a good way).. this is singing after only 7 years.
I'll tell ya what - not a big name producer by any means, but don't sleep on Maillard, especially if you want early accessible and value GC juice. — 13 days ago
Been loving myself some Washington juice. This Cab (with a splash of petit Verdot) is a monster, coming in at 14.9% alcohol and clearly not lacking for any ripeness in a typically-tough 2011 vintage. Lots of cedar, charred oak, vanilla, and herbal goodness on the nose. The palate is weighty and rich, but with a balancing acid. Loads of sweet Asian spice (almost like the Asian Zing sauce at B-Dubs), cinnamon, and gobs of black fruit.. ala black cherry and blackberries. The cedar and spice keep playing a consistent tune on the nose, reminding me of the 2011 St. Juliens I've had lately.. especially Gloria. I'd love to try these two side by side. A really nice bottle. — a month ago